Shame star Michael Fassbender talks about endowment jokes

'There’s nothing I can do. I just have to laugh it off'

Shame star Michael Fassbender talks about endowment jokes
15 May 2012

Michael Fassbender, one of the busiest actors in the movie business these days, should have known he’d be asked about his penis when he was profiled for the new issue of of GQ magazine.

It was on full display in the film in which Fassbender plays a heterosexual sex addict who at one point even has sex with a man he meets at a gay bathhouse.

‘It’s fun to a point and after a certain point you worry that it kind of detracts from the movie,’ he tells GQ. ‘But there’s nothing I can do. I just have to laugh it off. I can. Pretty much. Because I take my work seriously but I can’t take myself too seriously. I’m in such a crazy privileged position—shit, this is the pinnacle of the dream when I was 17…. Nobody wants to hear really how difficult it is.’

He’s certainly had to endure a lot of penis innuendo in recent months, even from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

When Descendents star George Clooney beat out Fassbender for the Golden Globe Award in January, he confessed to being impressed with more than the Shame star’s acting talents.

Clooney, mocking a golf swing with his hands behind back, joked that Fassbender was so well endowed that he ‘can play golf like this with [his] hands behind your back.’

Charlize Theron, Fassbender’s co-star in the new film Prometheus, was just as merciless when Fassbender presented her with an award at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles in March.

‘I have to say I was truly impressed that you chose to play it big,’ she said of his performance in Shame. ‘I mean, most other actors would have gone small, trust me. No, seriously … your penis was a revelation. I am available to work with it anytime.’

Afterward, Theron said to Fassbender, ‘I hope you don’t mind me making a joke about your penis.’

He said it did not – he is used to it by now.

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